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March 2017



Tina Rice Rejoins CCCU as Mortgage Administration
and Intelligence Officer

Clark County Credit Union (CCCU) recently hired a familiar face: former credit union Controller Tina Rice has rejoined the management team.  She will be responsible for creating efficiencies within the mortgage department, from maximizing software utilization to identifying

breakdowns in processes and implementing improvements.
“We are very pleased that Tina has come back to Clark County Credit Union after completing her goal of earning a Master’s degree in accounting, “ said Matt Kershaw, CCCU’s Chief Executive Officer. “While she was away, Tina picked up additional industry experience and several new skills such as portfolio analysis that will be beneficial to our members.”  

Rice was previously with CCCU for 14 years. Since then she has not only added a degree to her resume but she  has gained experience in the gaming, hospitality and technology industries.



Touro University Nevada Accepting Applications for Summer Research Fellowship

Touro University Nevada (TUN) is pleased to announce its annual Research Fellowship program for summer 2017, open to Nevada undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited college program.

Selected students will receive a $1,500 stipend for participating in the program.The program aims to expose those students who are interested in pursuing a career in health care professions to the importance of research topics, including biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and educational. Preference will be given to undergraduate students majoring in chemistry, biology, biochemistry or a related field with good academic standing in their junior and senior years. In order to be accepted into the program, applicants must have their own housing and should have their own health insurance coverage during this fellowship.


Touro University Nevada, Health District Team Up For New Clinic

Touro University Nevada and the Southern Nevada Health District celebrates the opening of its newest facility in Henderson at 874 American Pacific Drive on the Touro campus. The Health District clinic is open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, and provides immunization services, including vaccines for infants, children, adolescents, and adults. In addition to immunizations for the general public, the clinic provides student health services for Touro University Nevada. For additional information, visit the Health District’s website, www.SNHD.info or the Touro University site at www.TUN.touro.edu.



Johnson Advisors Intern Promoted to Staff Accountant

Johnson Advisors is pleased to announce the promotion of Justin Thornley from Accounting Intern to Staff Accountant. 

Justin joined the firm as an intern in January of 2017. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is a member of UNLV’s Competitive Tax Team and the international accounting fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi. 
When Justin is not aggressively pursuing his accounting career, he enjoys training for triathlons.  He has earned a Spartan Race Triple Trifecta and is qualified to run in the Boston Marathon. 

Announcing Launch of New Website

We are excited to announce that our new and interactive website, www.johnson-advisors.com, is live. We’ve been working with Vegas Web Designs to create a new and improved website with you in mind.  

The primary objectives of our site development were focused on aesthetics, ease of navigation, and an easier way to get to know us. We have improved the structure of our content to better align with our mission of building relationships with our clients and tailoring business solutions based on their needs.  The website is designed to facilitate connection through our new interactive business transition planning evaluation, which helps business owners determine their financial and mental readiness for transitioning from of their business. Among the new features on the site are integrated social media buttons for Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to foster improved communication with our colleagues and clients. The responsive design offers a smooth user experience regardless of the devices used to view the site. 


RTC’s Club Ride program marks another record year in 2016

Record performance continued in 2016 for Club Ride Commuter Services, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada’s (RTC) free eco-friendly program that incentivizes employers and commuters for using alternative transportation modes.

In its year-end report, Club Ride, which customizes commute programs for more than 350 area employers, registered nearly 10,000 new members who commute by carpooling, walking,  bicycling, motorcycling, transit, telecommuting and working  a compressed workweek, such as four 10-hour shifts. 

Overall, members saved nearly $2.25 million on vehicle costs such as fuel and maintenance costs and eliminated over 7.2 million vehicle miles from the valley’s roadways. That is a tremendous increase from the $1.9 million in savings and 6.9 million vehicle miles eliminated in 2015. 



Barrick Expanding Henderson Office

On the heels of Barrick’s recently announced digital transformation, the Canadian-based gold mining company plans to expand its Henderson office both in terms of workforce and space.

The company is seeking to expand its office near the intersection of I-215 and Green Valley Parkway by an additional 7,000 square feet, bringing the total square footage to 19,685 and plans to recruit an additional 25 employees.  

The majority of the new jobs being filled will support Barrick’s digital transformation and the global shared services teams.



Nathan Adelson Hospice Receives $100,000 Donation from William T. and Susan Walters for 22nd Annual ‘Serenades of Life – Doctors in Concert’ Event

WGU Nevada Announces Nevada Leadership Scholarships in Honor of National Women’s History Month

February 2017



Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Awards More Than $300,000
in Grants to Community Organizations

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, the community’s only not-for-profit, religiously sponsored hospital system, has made $319,635 in grant awards to five nonprofit collaborations in Henderson and Las Vegas. St. Rose has awarded grants to community programs for more than 20 years.

“St. Rose has been committed to providing quality healthcare and supporting the communities of Henderson and Las Vegas for almost 70 years,” said Brian Brannman, senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “There were multiple needs in southern Nevada this year. Awarding these grants in this fashion will enable us all to continue working toward improving the health and wellbeing of this community.”

Community organization recipients included:

·         $100,000 for Medical Care for the Homeless – Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada and Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada;

·         $100,000 for Healthcare and Navigation ServicesSouthern NV CHIPs, Clark County Fire, Henderson Fire & Police, Las Vegas Fire, North Las Vegas Fire;

·         $20,000 for Transportation for Home-Bound Seniors – Boulder City Lend a Hand;

·         $45,000 for Expansion of Evidence-Based Programs for Seniors – UNLV OLLI;

·         $54,635 for Implementing Promotoras Program in Nevada – Visión y Compromiso.


To be selected for a grant, an organization or program must meet one or more of the following criteria:

·         Address the greatest health needs of the community;

·         Emphasize prevention to address the underlying cause of health problems;

·         Contribute to a seamless continuum of care;

·         Build upon and mobilize existing services in the community; and

·         Engage diverse community stakeholders in implementation and oversight.


Nicholas Rutherford, CPA Joins Johnson Advisors as Audit Manager 

Johnson Advisors is pleased to announce the addition of Nicholas Rutherford as its newest Audit Manager.

Nicholas joins the firm with over 13 years of public accounting experience. He was an Honor graduate from the University of Manitoba where he earned his Bachelor of Commerce in Finance. His affinity for numbers as child and his grandfather’s accounting designation is what sparked his interest in becoming an accountant.  He has extensive experience in providing services in a variety of industries such as credit unions, government entities, not-for-profit, healthcare, gaming, real estate, investment companies, automobile dealerships and manufacturing.  Prior to joining Johnson Advisors, Nicholas worked with international CPA firms in Canada and the United States.

Nicholas is actively involved in the accounting profession as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Chartered Professional Accountant of Canada (CPA).  He is also committed to serving the Las Vegas community through volunteerism with St. Jude’s Ranch, March of Dimes and National Organization for Rare Diseases. 


Randy Donald, President of Design Builders, Recently Elected to the HDA Board of Trustees

Design Builders, Ltd., a Henderson based full service general contracting company, recently announced that their President, Randy Donald, has been elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Henderson Development Association. 

The Henderson Development Association (HDA) serves as the economic development arm of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce while protecting the growing Henderson Economy. The HDA is committed to growing the primary job base in Henderson by encouraging the attraction, retention, expansion and diversification of the business community. The HDA supports the efforts of the City of Henderson’s Economic Development Department, focusing on workforce development and retention by proactively identifying and servicing business clusters within the community. 

“Being a member of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce has been an absolute pleasure. It has afforded me the opportunity to assert myself as an integral member of the Henderson community. The mission, values and commitment of the Henderson Development Association aligns with the beliefs here at Design Builders and I am honored to have been given the opportunity to give back by serving on the Board of Trustees for them.” – Randy Donald, President of Design Builders, Ltd. 


Mike Rosten Promoted to PBTK Shareholder

Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern (PBTK) is pleased to announce that Michael Rosten, CPA, CFE has been promoted from Principal to Shareholder. Rosten is the first shareholder in the firm’s 26-year-history to come from outside the traditional tax and audit departments.

“Mike is an integral part of our forensic accounting and litigation support practice,” said Tom Donohue, PBTK President. “He has been with PBTK for 12 years, and has been a consistently solid performer. He is a team player that has earned the respect of staff and his peers alike.”

Outside of work, Rosten is an avid mountain climber who excels at pushing himself to surpass personal records and summit times. Just like his accomplishments in hiking, he set his sights on becoming a shareholder and he surpassed his new business goals to make it happen.

Rosten is often called upon by attorneys or the courts to be an expert witness in cases involving employee fraud investigations, loss profit analysis, damages calculations, and divorce proceedings. He can be reached at mrosten@pbtk.com.

PBTK Hires First Director of Human Resources – Sonya Mayfield

Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern (PBTK) announces it has hired Sonya Mayfield, SHRM‐SCP, as the firm’s first Director of Human Resources.

After opening its third office, PBTK needed a skilled HR professional with expertise in managing recruitment and planned employee growth in addition to compliance and employee relations.

With more than 15 years of experience, Mayfield possesses a strong background in change management and implementing benefits and compensation initiatives. Mayfield has a Bachelor’s in Business Management and Master’s degree in Business Administration, and is a Senior Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resources Management. Most recently she was Human Resources Manager for an international telecommunications company, where she created and executed strategies to support the company’s strategic HR objectives.

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Burke Construction Group welcomes Tim Bennett to their Operations Team

Burke Construction Group is pleased to announce the addition of Tim Bennett as Senior Project Manager. 

A graduate of the Del Web School of Construction at Arizona State University, Tim earned his Bachelor’s degree in construction and business management. Tim also attended Boise State University and holds certification as an OSHA 500, and American Institute of Constructors (AIC) Trainer.

With a career spanning over 20 years in the construction industry, Tim has managed some of the largest and most notable projects in southern Nevada - including the McCarron Airport Terminal 3 Expansion, the Mandalay Bay/Delano Hotel Re-Branding, and the Clark High School Renovation.



Southwest Medical Associates donates $145,000 to enhance training of Touro University Nevada Physician Assistant students

Southwest Medical Associates, part of OptumCare, donated
$145,000 to the Touro University Nevada Physician Assistant Studies Program to fund the purchase of new equipment and training materials.
The donation enabled the Touro Physician Assistant Program to purchase three ultrasound machines and models. Students will use these tools to learn about and practice performing joint injections, and will allow the institution to enhance the curriculum to include joint injections and bedside procedures like venous access and FAST scans. The added advanced-care training will enhance graduates’ ability to perform at the top of their licensure in any clinical setting, including acute care medicine. 



Foundation Assisting Seniors to Host 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Nevada Donor Network Leads the Nation in Number of Lives Saved per Capita Through Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

Local Nonprofit Scores Big Bucks as February Recipient of the News 3’s 3 Degree Guarantee

January 2017



Barrick Earns Award for Wildlife Support

he non-profit Friends of Nevada Wilderness has awarded Barrick with the 2016 Corporate Partner of the Year. The company earned the recognition for its support of some of the organization’s key initiatives, including an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program that allows university students to learn more about Nevada’s wild lands and participate in stewardship projects. 

“A program like Alternative Spring Break allows us to engage with young people who will be making decisions about our public lands in the very near future,” said Jose Witt, Southern Nevada Director at Friends of Nevada Wilderness. “It’s also a great avenue to strengthen three of the pillars of our organization: conducting conservation work on the ground, fostering advocacy and educating the public about the importance of our wild lands.”



Johnson Advisors Increases Accounting Staff

Johnson Advisors is pleased to announce the following additions to its staff:

Kevin Diec – Kevin is a graduate of University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in accounting. Kevin began his accounting career with a major hotel/casino in Las Vegas as an intern in their Casino Accounting group while working on his graduate degree. Upon graduation, he was offered a full time position with the company as an audit accountant and was promoted to Senior Accountant after a year. His areas of expertise are casino operations, gaming audits, and revenue journal entries and analysis.

Yousif Muradian - Yousif earned his Bachelor of Science degree at California State University, Long Beach where he majored in finance. Yousif then earned his Master of Accountancy degree at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His calling to be an accountant came while preparing tax returns at a small accounting firm while he was pursuing his undergraduate degree. He formerly was a tax associate at a national accounting firm in Las Vegas.

Justin Thornley - Justin is currently pursuing his Masters of Science degree in accounting at UNLV. He is a member of the UNLV’s Competitive Tax Team and the international accounting fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi. 


Las Vegas Credit Union Gives Back Millions to its Members’ Accounts

In an age where financial institutions are all-too-often in the news for inflated salaries, golden parachutes and misappropriated funds, Clark County Credit Union is doing the opposite: taking profits and giving them back to its member-owners as an annual dividend. As a long-standing tradition in the credit union’s history, the non-profit is distributing earnings back to its members.

This year’s dividend payment is $3,002,536.08, creating a grand total of $56 million pumped back into the pockets of CCCU members, and ultimately, into the Southern Nevada economy since 2001. All 40,000 CCCU members will receive at least $20 deposited into their accounts this month, though the average dividend payment this year is $73.74. Hundreds of members received $500 or more, with the highest single distribution coming in over $20,000.



Burke Construction Group Appoints Shana Jackson to their Operations Team

Burke Construction Group is pleased to announce the addition of Shana Jackson as Assistant Project Manager.  Shana earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from California State University, Chico.  Her career in the construction industry spans over seven years, where she has been involved in some of Southern Nevada’s most notable projects including the Remodel for Zappos Headquarters at the Old LV Metro Chamber of Commerce, Silverton Timeshares, and the North Las Vegas Readiness Center. 


Burke Construction Group, Inc. Announces the Promotion of Thad Lawrence to Vice President of Preconstruction Services

Burke Construction Group is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Thad Lawrence to Vice President of Preconstruction Services. 

Since joining Burke in 2008, Thad distinguished himself early-on. During his tenure, he worked in the capacity of Project Manager and joined the Estimating and Preconstruction team, where he combined his years of experience in Operations. Since that time, he was promoted to a Senior Estimator and Director of Preconstruction Services, where his leadership has been instrumental in delivering numerous successful projects, and, in particular, directing our Federal Projects with our Strategic Partners and the Pirch National Store Roll-out - as both a Development Manager as well as the Project Executive. 



St. Rose Dominican Takes Great Kindness Challenge

At Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican, humankindness drives every interaction with the people we serve and is the foundation of the policies we champion. During the week of January 26-30, St. Rose will encourage employees to take part in The Great Kindness Challenge, which includes a suggested 50-item Acts of Kindness checklist to complete by January 30. 

Locally, St. Rose is working in partnership with the Josh Stevens Foundation, a local nonprofit organization that helps schools, businesses and youth organizations across the nation to recognize and celebrate heartfelt acts of kindness. With their help, more than 100 Nevada schools are participating in The Great Kindness Challenge. Participating schools will also give out the 50-item checklist and encourage their students to complete that checklist by January 30. Students who complete the checklist will receive a gift from the Josh Stevens Foundation.



Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino Begins Work on Travel Center 

The Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino , the Nation’s Longest Running Casino, located at 2800 South Boulder Highway, Henderson, Nevada 89002 has commenced construction for the Railroad Pass Travel Center, which will serve Southern Nevada and travelers on the new Interstate 11. The travel center will consist of a truck stop, Chevron-branded auto fueling facility, an 8,000 sq ft convenience store with truckers’ facilities and Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, a truck scale, and propane. The project will be built on approximately 16 acres of land adjoining the 85 year old Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino. 

“We are thrilled to be building the Railroad Pass Travel Center,” said Joe DeSimone, Railroad Hotel & Casino owner. “With very easy on-and-off access from the new Interstate 11, our travel center is destined to become THE natural stopping point for all who travel to or from Las Vegas from the southeast. We will carry the products and offer the services that our clients want: from competitively priced fuel, to good food that travels well, to truckers’ merchandise, to the things that recreationists, such as cyclists and boaters, need.” 

Construction began on Wednesday, January 11th, and the project is scheduled for completion in the 3rd quarter of 2017.


Amber Beason named new Partner at Johnson Advisors

Johnson Advisors is pleased to announce that Amber Beason has been elected a Partner of the firm, effective January 01, 2017. Amber is a Las Vegan that attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Accounting.  She began her public accounting career at the firm in 2005, making her the firm’s first “homegrown” partner.

Amber specializes in accounting and tax planning for closely held-business involved in retail petroleum, manufacturing, real estate development, construction, and gaming. She is responsible for all aspects of client services and engagement management including income tax compliance, income tax planning, transaction consulting, strategic planning, and management consulting. She is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  

Known for her ability to get things done, Amber enjoys the diversity of her role as a working mother. She enjoys encouraging other working mothers on how to balance their careers while raising young children.


CCCU Ramps Up Tech Focus with Hire of First Chief Technology Officer

Clark County Credit Union (CCCU) announces it has hired its first Chief Technology Officer, Fred Howard, as a direct response to its strategic decision to increase and improve online and mobile capabilities for its members.

Howard is a hands-on, business focused technical manager with significant experience in managing technology solutions for both new and mature companies. Howard will be responsible for IT strategic planning, IT audits, and software quality assurance at CCCU.

"We were looking for someone with a proven track record of delivering IT projects and systems on time and on budget," said Matt Kershaw, CEO of CCCU. "We are highly sensitive to the administrative costs of running the credit union – the more efficient we are, the more money we can give back to our members in the annual dividend each year. Fred will help the credit union use technology to provide the best user experience for our members."



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